Transgender prostitute slain in Memphis shadows
Posted on December 8, 2008
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It took a bloody jailhouse beating by police to bring Duanna Johnson out of the shadows.
With a video of the beating making the rounds on the Internet, people who would never have known she existed — and likely paid her little mind if they did — were suddenly talking about her.
Angry residents sent letters to the local newspaper and a federal grand jury launched an investigation. The mayor and police chief voiced outrage at her treatment.
But it wasn’t long before Johnson, a 43-year-old, 6-foot-5 transgender prostitute, slipped out of the spotlight and back to working the dark streets of a tough inner-city neighborhood, little noticed once again by mainstream Memphis.
And there she died with a bullet in her brain. See more of Transgender prostitute slain in Memphis shadows
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